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Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1979-09-06




Set 1:
d1t01 - Tuning
d1t02 - New Minglewood Blues
d1t03 - Dire Wolf
d1t04 - El Paso
d1t05 - Brown Eyed Women
d1t06 - It's All Over Now
d1t07 - Don't Ease Me In
d1t08 - Looks Like Rain
d1t09 - Althea
d1t10 - Lost Sailor ->
d1t11 - Saint Of Circumstance

Set 2:
d2t01 - China Cat Sunflower ->
d2t02 - I Know You Rider
d2t03 - Easy To Love You
d2t04 - Ramble On Rose
d2t05 - Terrapin Station ->
d2t06 - Playing In The Band ->
d2t07 - Drums ->
d3t01 - Space ->
d3t02 - Not Fade Away ->
d3t03 - Stella Blue ->
d3t04 - Sugar Magnolia

Encore:
d3t05 - Johnny B. Goode


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Madison Square Garden
Location New York City, NY

Source SBD -> Master Cassette -> Reel -> Dat -> PCM -> CD
Lineage CD -> Samplitude Professional v8.01 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller

Reviews

Reviewer: kbmill - - October 6, 2014
Subject: bread crumb
I commented on Bobby's odd phrasing of the Minglewood lyrics on the opening night of this run, an oddness that continues for this performance. He's searching for something, but I don't hear what quite yet.

I really like the Not Fade Away transition to Stella Blue - so much that I thought it was kind of rare. It's not, but this one really stands out.

On the other hand, a second set Ramble On Rose in the post break era is pretty unusual, particularly with Brent. After 12/30/81, it is only played in the first set, although it is played many, many times.
Reviewer: Milty420 - - June 15, 2014
Subject: Garcia death threat # 1??
Was this night the first death threat against Garcia?

Anyway, The house lights were on for the entire evening as Phil says early in the show, "The light's are on so we can see you, you can always see us so tonight we want to see you."

So Garcia being Garcia sings DON'T MURDER ME for his first song of the evening!!

The China---) Rider is straight up FIRE!!!

Charlie's re-mix sounds fantastic as usual
Reviewer: Omniverse - - September 16, 2011
Subject: Best of the 3?
Having listened to each of these 3 MSG shows, I find this one the best overall, though each offers something special.

Consistently above average versions of first set songs, I especially enjoyed the BE Women. Althea is reserved, but much improved from the trainwreck in Glens Falls. Sailor>Saint may be the weak link in the chain, it's hard for me to truly enjoy any of these early Saints with the misfit lyrics, but the playing is fine.

In set 2 the China > Rider is really nice, as has been mentioned. A little more directed than 9/4, which I find special as it's really open within the songs as well as through the transition. Easy to Love You and Ramble on Rose don't have much that stands out, nor is the Terrapin particularly special to my ear, but the Playin > Drums (with motorcycle) > Space(more like a Jam) > NFA > Stella is delicious. Credit for a particularly creative transition into Stella Blue, though not quite perfectly executed.

4 stars for just about everything.
Reviewer: zambiland - - September 29, 2010
Subject: China/Rider jam
The reason this jam is a little different is that Bobby's power amp blew up. I was right behind the stage when it happened and got to witness all the mayhem as they dug up a spare and got it wired in. this was a really fun show and I was sure the PA was coming down by the end of the night.

Another nice memory is that when they hit first note of the jam in Playin' they turned a lot of the house lights on. It was a really cool effect, just took the energy right off the stage and out into the house, a perfect moment!

I also got to witness the chopper revving up during drums from pretty close. Never saw that before or since (although the Angel driving his chopper through the crowd at UMass in '79 comes close)!
Reviewer: Dylan M - - December 16, 2009
Subject: Second what the last reviewer said!
I usually grow weary of hearing brent era china>riders. Just not one of those classics that kept its luster by comparison of the 70s heyday versions. Especially since I feel the one's with Keith sounded fuller perhaps, since the china jam is kind of jazzy in a way. Either way, something just got sloppier about this segue in the Brent Era. BUT... this version is quite good! I've only listened to this thus far, but quite an extra effort on the China Jam! Almost an 8 minute china cat with great interplay on everybodys part. If only they had spent more time rehearsing this classic back into normal rotation so they all could have sounded this good.

PS- another great sleeper 80s China Rider is the 1982.10.10 frost show. In a different way, but still equally great!
Reviewer: solotzo - - September 11, 2009
Subject: 79 garden
Still one of the best china/rider transitions of all time
Reviewer: mayhemnyc - - August 17, 2008
Subject: End of a great 3 show run
Got to see all 3 of these shows and it was fun fun fun.

First Dont Ease(before they cheesed it up, lol).

Isnt this the show where the speakers above the band were literally rocking back and forth during Sugar Mag? I have vivid images of Jerry looking up and being just a bit worried!

And after the JBG encore, nobody would leave. Some clown came on stage and gave the old Elvis line "The band has left the building!"

What a shame kids nowadays cant enjoy such nonsense, maybe they would lighten up.
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